From the Author of Beaches, Iris Rainer Dart's THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE is Set to Make its West Coast Premiere

From the Author of Beaches, Iris Rainer Dart's THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE is Set to Make its West Coast Premiere

The acclaimed Broadway musical The People in The Picture is heading west! Having garnered Tony winner Donna Murphy a best actress nomination, the show will begin its run at the famed 3 Below Theater in San Jose, CA, on April 12th. The musical was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics awards in 2011 for outstanding book and music.

The People in the Picture has a book and lyrics by acclaimed bestselling novelist Iris Rainer Dart whose beloved novel Beaches was made into a hit movie starring Bette Midler.

"When the 3Below family called me about mounting a production of The People in the Picture, I heard the passion in their voices immediately," said Dart. "It was thrilling for me to take the 18-person Broadway version of the show and boil it down to the most important moments and characters and create a more concise way to tell the story of three generations of women, with ten actors playing all the parts."

The importance of legacy has not been lost on Dart since The People in the Picture first premiered in 2011. "When I began working on this material, I was a daughter and a mother. And now I am a grandmother, too, knowing that my grandchildren are my legacy. The logline the Broadway show used was, 'TELL YOUR STORY- LIVE FOREVER.' In these times when DNA testing is a popular part of our culture, knowing the story of one's family history has become more important than ever to all of us. I hope people will come away from the show wanting to be sure their children and grandchildren honor their heritage and appreciate the journies their families took to get here."

The People in the Picture features stunning music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler. Stoller, as half of the Leiber and Stoller team, has written many of rock-and-roll's most iconic songs ("Stand By Me," "Jailhouse Rock," and Peggy Lee's brilliant "Is That All There Is?" while Butler arranged hit recordings for an incredible number of legendary singers including Louis Armstrong, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, Neil Sedaka, Andy Williams, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Natalie Cole.

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